Just pick any enterprise system area and you’ll find an open source solution. It’s no surprise that companies are seeking open-source IT professionals to fill their IT departments. According to the 2018 Open Source Jobs Report by Linux Foundation, 87 percent of hiring managers said they have difficulty recruiting open-source talent. Linux was also the most in-demand open source skill. Companies are retraining their IT staff and paying them to become certified because of the shortage of qualified candidates.
SPOTO has created this guide to the Linux open-source software certification options for IT professionals. This guide will focus exclusively on the most popular Linux certification paths.
Red Hat Certifications
The Linux Foundation Certifications
SUSE Linux Certifications
Oracle Linux Certifications
Linux Professional Institute (LPI), a non-profit organization, provides certification and career support to Linux open source professionals. LPI claims to have the largest number of vendor-neutral providers. LPI Linux Essentials is the first step in the LPI Linux certification process. LPI Linux Essentials cert is not required for any subsequent certifications. However, it is recommended as an entry-point to the Linux administration certifications for sysadmins and engineers (LPIC-1: Linux Administrator), and engineers (LPIC-2; Linux Engineer).
LPI offers three specialist certifications for Linux Enterprise Professionals who are more experienced:
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Start trainingLPIC-3 300: Linux Enterprise Professional – Mixed Environment
LPIC-3 303: Linux Enterprise Professional – Security
LPIC-3 304 – Linux Enterprise Professional – Virtualization & High Availability
LPI Linux Essentials
The LPI Linux Essentials certification is the foundational Linux certification. It is for new IT professionals or experienced IT professionals (developers, administrators, engineers) who want to develop foundational Linux skills.
These are the most popular open-source applications
The main components of the Linux operating-system
Working on the Linux command-line
Administration and security for Linux
Requirement exam: To earn the LPI Linux Essentials certification, you must pass one exam (LPI 010).
LPIC-1 Certified Linux Administrator
The LPIC-1 Certified Linux Administrator certification was created for professionals such as sysadmins or network administrators who will be installing and configuring Linux computers, setting up basic networking, and performing other Linux maintenance tasks. The LPIC-1 certification validates a candidate’s knowledge and skills in these areas.
Architecture of a Linux system
How to install and maintain a Linux workstation including X11 and how to set it up as a client on a network.
Working at the Linux command-line, including common Unix and GNU commands
System security and file management
Common maintenance tasks include user assistance, adding users to larger systems, backup and restore, shutdown, and reboot
Requirements: Pass two exams to earn the LPIC-1 Certified Linux administrator certification.
LPIC-2 Certified Linux Engineer
The LPIC-2 Certified Linux Engineer certification was created for professionals such as sysadmins or network administrators who will be managing small- to medium-sized networks of Linux-based operating systems. The LPIC-2 certification is valid for a candidate